We are excited to announce that NAWBO is partnering with the U.S. Census Bureau to support the 2020 Census. As a partner, we will be working to make sure our community of women business owners is accurately represented in the upcoming decennial count.
Why is this so important? Because it was only after H.R. 5050 (The Women’s Business Ownership Act) passed in 1988 that the U.S. Census Bureau was required to include C corporations when presenting data on women-owned firms. Prior to the inclusion of this data, statistics for women business owners were not accurate and diminished the vital contribution women were making in the business world. By including women-owned C corporations, new data showed “more than double the number of people employed by women-owned businesses and one and half times the dollars in revenue.”
The Census counts everyone in the United States. Census results are the basis for congressional representation and help determine how more than $675 billion in federal funds is distributed each year to support vital programs in states and communities across the country. These funds shape local health care, housing, education, transportation, employment and public policy.
As the 2020 Census approaches, NAWBO will continue to share information about how you can make sure our community is fully represented. Visit www.2020census.gov anytime to get the latest news.
You, Too, Can Support the Census
Are you an entrepreneur looking for extra income with flexible hours while helping your community? Become a census worker!
The U.S. Census Bureau wants to hire more than half a million temporary workers to help with the 2020 survey of the nation’s population. With flexible hours and competitive pay, these jobs can be a good fit for entrepreneurs who are looking to augment their income, according to people who have filled these positions in the past.
To handle this increased workload every decade, the bureau hires extra help. The peak recruiting phase for the 2020 census will start this mid-September and last through February, according to Timothy Olson, associate director for field operations for the Census Bureau. People who are interested can apply for positions online at 2020 Census Jobs (English application or Spanish application).
Most of the hiring will be for enumerators, the workers who go door-to-door to conduct interviews with people who haven’t filled out the bureau’s survey. “Everyone in the country will have the opportunity to self-respond to the census, either online, over the phone or with a paper questionnaire,” Timothy says. “But then there are some households that won’t do that, and we follow up with them in person to conduct interviews. And in that operation, we will hire—all told—over half a million people, and they’re distributed throughout the United States.”